RICHMOND, VA — The House of Delegates recessed today after completing the work outlined at the beginning of the Special Session. The General Assembly passed a nearly $3.5 billion budget to aid Virginians, businesses, and institutions hurt by the pandemic and elected eight judges who will significantly diversify the Virginia Court of Appeals.
“We convened this Special Session to effectively and efficiently help Virginians across the Commonwealth looking to build back stronger from this pandemic,” said Speaker Filler-Corn. “With unprecedented cooperation between the House, Senate, and Governor Northam’s administration, we passed a historic budget with critical investments to help small businesses, support our local schools and students, accelerate universal broadband in the Commonwealth, and bolster public health and public safety. We delivered for Virginians during this Special Session, and the Commonwealth continues to set an example of responsible governance throughout this pandemic.”
The coronavirus outbreak left many Virginians on uncertain footing, but the General Assembly and Governor Northam have led the Commonwealth to a strong comeback. The bill to appropriate funds from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan will bolster an economy and a public health sector already on the road to recovery, as evidenced by Virginia earning record-breaking back-to-back titles as CNBC’s top state for business.
The eight new appellate court judges not only represent the makeup of the Commonwealth of Virginia, they also reflect a diverse combination of legal practice, experience, and geographic representation, and include four women and four African-American judges.